Virginia January 10, 2017
The 10 Towns You Absolutely Need To Visit In Virginia In 2017
Without its small towns, Virginia wouldn’t be nearly as charming, fascinating, or beautiful a state. Despite their small population count, these places have an abundance of character. In light of the New Year, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most extraordinary small towns in Virginia. So, without further ado, here are the 10 towns for you to visit this upcoming year.
1. Wash Woods
Our list begins with something of an anomaly, as the town of Wash Woods has been abandoned for years. It's no longer an active town. Nevertheless, this place holds a fascinating piece of Virginia's history. Tucked away in False Cape State Park, this former village tells of a shipwreck from hundreds of years ago. Encountering a storm on the Atlantic, passengers arrived at this site under the most grim conditions. These early settlers used cypress wood that had washed ashore to build the community, parts of which still stands today. Eventually, a community of nearly 300 grew, yet all was abandoned by 1933. While you won't meet any of the locals, the hike to Wash Woods is well worth the experience. For more details about this site,
Have you ever thought about settling down in a cozy small town and waiting out the winter season? The town of Abingdon is exactly what you want. This southwest Virginia gem offers a mix of exhilarating outdoor activity combined with beautiful historical buildings. Even if you just have time for a fire-side dinner in the town's tavern, you won't soon forget your stay in Abingdon. For more on this exquisite little town,
Did you know that Virginia's small towns are renowned for their delicious cuisine? Take the tiny town of Washington for instance. Fondly nicknamed "Little Washington," one of the main attractions here is a 5-star restaurant in the town's Inn. Founded in 1978, the Inn at Little Washington has attracted visitors and food critics for years. The incredible decor of the building is matched only by the delicious food. A bit pricey, this destination makes for the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. For more on the town of Little Washington and this incredible restaurant,
For an endless list of activities, Woodstock should be your next destination. This town of just under 5,000 can be found in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. One of the first things you'll notice about this scenic town is the beautiful architecture, some of which was designed by Thomas Jefferson. Additionally, the outdoor opportunities are fantastic. Whether you're in the mood to hike Big Schloss (photographed above), climb the Woodstock Tower Observation Site, or gaze over the land in a hot air balloon, your day will be one well spent. To learn more about what the charming town of Woodstock has to offer,
Voted a must-visit town by Budget Travel, the small town of Mathews is a unique find along Virginia's Eastern coast. Amidst pristine shoreline, intriguing historical lore, and authentic seafood, visitors will find themselves in coastal heaven. Surround yourself in natural beauty and learn more about why the spirit of the Chesapeake Bay is so alluring. For more information about Mathews,
And while we're on the subject of the Chesapeake Bay, why not make a stop at the remote island of Tangier? You may feel as though you've stepped back in time seeing as there are no cars anywhere in this town. Located twelve miles from the shore, this community of roughly 1000 is made up of scenic marshlands. This soft-shell crab capital of the world is unspoiled by traffic and other forms of modern business. Getting around this town can only be accomplished on foot, golf-cart bicycle or boat. And that's the best way to take it all in. To learn more about the unique Tangier,
Fine dining? Check. Historical world-class theaters? Check. Quaint streets amidst beautiful rolling hills? Check. For all these factors and more, Staunton is one of the best kept secrets in Virginia. It's a place where culture and charm collide in the best way, offering visitors a chance to both explore and engage with history. Plus, the dining scene is phenomenal. To learn more about what makes Staunton a great spot to visit,
Spend a little time and Charlottesville and you'll understand why it's considered to be one of the happiest towns in America. While it's not necessarily a tiny town, Charlottesville's downtown scene doesn't include the overwhelming bustle of your typical city. From its appreciation for higher education to its underground music scene, Charlottesville is an eclectic mix of some of our favorite parts of Virginia. And not to mention, it's also an incredibly gorgeous place to live. If you'd like to learn a little bit more about Charlottesville,
9. Rocky Mount
To experience the best of the western Blue Ridge Mountains, head to Rocky Mount VA. With its natural beauty and charming residents, this small town is like something from a storybook. Rocky Mount saw its beginnings in 1786 and still retains a deep rooted sense of history. There's always something stirring in town, whether it be a delicious meal or a live musical act. To learn more about why Rocky Mount makes for the perfect getaway destination,
Middleburg Virginia is home to plenty of the state's history, but perhaps most impressive of all is the Red Fox Inn. Established in 1728, this dining space is the oldest in Virginia and is surrounded by the beautiful Hunt Country. The characteristic rolling hills and green farmland have been visited by a host of noteworthy figures, including Jackie Kennedy. A trip to this special place in Northern Virginia is a must-do this year. For more information on the Red Fox Inn and Middleburg,
In addition to these 10 incredible small towns, Virginia has several more visit-worthy spots. Do you live in any of the above places or have a favorite that might have missed the list? Be sure to share with us — we’d love to hear from you!